Friday Night Shrimp

Shrimp, Pasta & Spinach

It’s Friday evening at Kamp Karen (our home in Western Louisa County) and almost time to cook dinner.  What to do for dinner after a long day of work?  I don’t want a frozen pizza or something that will take a lot of time.  After checking the freezer, we decide on NC Shrimp, Pasta and Spinach.

We drop a pound of frozen shrimp  (We stock up on shrimp when visiting family in Manteo, NC visiting family.)  into water to thaw while changing out of work cloths, going through the mail etc.  Then while Karen shells the shrimp, I start cooking.

  • 1 Pound Frozen NC Shrimp
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Italian or Creek Herbs to Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Garlic
  • 1 9 Ounce Package Frozen Spinach
  • 1/4 Cup Water or White Wine
  • Pasta (Today We Used Spaghetti Broken Into 2″ Sections)
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • Old Bay to Taste
  • Cheese ( Parmesan or Feta ) to Taste

Into a large frying pan, I add olive oil, garlic and herbs heating to brown garlic over medium.

While the garlic browns, place spinach in microwave and cook per package directions then add spinach and water/wine to frying pan.

Place the cleaned shrimp in a glass bowl then add lemon juice and Old Bay tossing to coat shrimp.

When the spinach reaches medium temperature add your pasta of choice (I’ve used macaroni, ziti, ravioli and others in the past.).

When the pasta almost reaches the level of doneness you like, add the shrimp and lemon juice mixture.  Tossing occasionally until shrimp is cooked.

Just before serving add cheese and toss again to mix well.

Note:  I cover and the frying pan as the pasta cooks and absorbs the liquid.  Monitor closely since you may need to add a wee bit more liquid as the pasta cooks.

Yields three servings (we save one serving to someones lunch on Saturday!).  If you add a salad and bread or use as a side to go with a steak, you can easily enjoy four servings.

Our Family Enjoying Lunch at O’Neil’s Sea Harvest

If you’re on the Outer Banks or Manteo, North Carolina and want fresh seafood, head to O’Neil’s Sea Harvest (seafood market & lunchtime restaurant) in Wanchese.  The seafood comes off the boats, through the backdoor  and straight to you.  You will not find better  friend oysters or soft shelled crab BLT when in season.  We stock up on shrimp, crab and tuna to bring home.  Support our American Fisherman by taking a short drive to O’Neil’s when at the beach.  You’ll be glad you did!!!



About James Friend Dickerson

Real Estate Consultant As a native of Central Virginia and a full time REALTOR since 1991, James listens to your needs to provide information allowing you to make informed choices. In our constantly changing world, you need a REALTOR who puts you first providing rigidly flexible service. James Dickerson provides a high level of service designed to fit each individual clients needs. Having received many awards from both the local Association of REALTORS and RE/MAX International, James is recognized as an authority on the local real estate market. The highest form of recognition James receives continues to be the many repeat clients who seek out his services time after time plus sending their relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors to James for their real estate needs. Contact James today for an interview to discuss your real estate needs. James is a licensed real estate sales person in the Commonwealth of Virginia with Charlottesville Solutions. Personal As a Central Virginia native (Born in Charlottesville and raised in Albemarle and Louisa Counties), James' youth was filled with extra-curricular activities and organizations centered around school, church and the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management, James' non-real estate activities include spending time with family & friends, traveling, stalking deer & spring gobblers, fly fishing, church and Masonic activities. James and his lovely bride Karen live between Zion Crossroads and Gordonsville in the Green Springs area of Louisa County. Since 2022 Jim has served on the Louisa County Planning Commission. Their dog Sammy passed away so now they dog sit for friends and family.
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